Friday Morning Open Thread

Have at it my friends.  I’m regrouping:  reading news, thinking, and (gasp!) doing actual legal work.

I do have a few suggestions, though:

I’ve always known it’s an irrational way for me to think, but I’ve never been able to shake the feeling that there’s something symbolic about the Muslim loathing for dogs.  Dogs are the only beings that are capable of serving us and loving us conditionally.  They ask in return only kindness, plus some solid pack leadership.  It’s one of nature’s great bargains — and the Muslims reject it, treating dogs with extraordinary cultural hostility.  And don’t ask me why, but I feel that, somehow, this rejection of love is reflected as well in the Saudi war on Valentine’s day.  Islam shapes itself as something that is unloving and unlovable.  It is a culture that rejects affection.  It sees only sex, which it characterizes as dirty, but necessary, and its men shift the guilt for engaging in this dirty, necessary act by castigating the women involved as filthy, evil vessels.  These guys need to get some dogs and some roses and lighten up.

Things are getting incredibly . . . er, interesting in Iran.  (Hot?  Dangerous?  Frightening?  All those words work.)  Who better to learn from on this inflammatory subject than Steve Schippert and Michael Ledeen?  The show is ostensibly directed at the ridiculous Chris Matthews, but we know he’ll ignore it.  Still, it’s out there and we will benefit!

And Right Wing News has polled a bunch of self-identified conservatives (moi included, as Miss Piggy would say) to find their views on today’s issues.  The results are here.  Where do you fit in with the crowd?

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  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    dogs… We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us. –Maurice Maeterlinck In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. –Edward Hoagland Also, (self-promotion opportunity!) a dog appears as a character in the excellent Czech WWII movie which I review <a href=”http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/11599.html”>here</a>.

  • jj

    On a completely different subject: I’m sitting here having brilliant thoughts, and the radio’s on.  Just heard the top of the hour news break, and ABC news reports that it snowed in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana last night, so today, right now –  there is snow on the ground in all fifty states.
     
    In honor of Copenhagen, no doubt.  But I wonder: when’s the last time that happened?  (Okay, granted, for me and Oldflyer and a few other guys here there haven’t always been fifty states – but you know what I mean!)  That just struck me as interesting.  I have no idea when it ever happened before.  Do you?

  • suek

    jj…
    _All_ 50 states?  Hawaii too??  (Although even 49 is pretty phenomenal…)

  • jj

    Yup.  There is snow on Haleakala (not really all that odd – there often is some snow up there in winter) and on Mauna Loa on the big island, too.
     

  • Charles Martel

    Islam’s 10 Great Don’t Likes:

    1. Don’t like women

    2. Don’t like dogs

    3. Don’t like moofkie-poofkie

    4. Don’t like scrumptuous North Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches

    5. Don’t like Jews

    6. Don’t like fashion

    7. Don’t like Christians

    8. Don’t like booze

    9. Don’t like Hindus

    10. Don’t like anybody

  • suek

    11. Don’t like _LIFE_!!

  • suek

    moofkie-poofkie??

  • Spartacus

    I was wondering the same thing.  Probably referring to the process of making little Muslims… but ONLY WHEN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
     
    Given that attitudes in the West tend to be reversed — maximizing activity while minimizing the results — would that make it eikfoop-eikfoom here?

  • suek

    >>ONLY WHEN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.>>
     
    Hmmm.  Once a year, right?

  • Charles Martel

    “Given that attitudes in the West tend to be reversed — maximizing activity while minimizing the results — would that make it eikfoop-eikfoom here?”

    LOL!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    <B>These guys need to get some dogs and some roses and lighten up.</b>
     
     
    I dare say a nuke or two would lighten them up.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    On secession: Where do you fit in with the crowd?
     
    I fit in the place that believes we should stay here and all the other people need to get exiled elsewhere. Instead of us having to leave the US, they leave the US for their beloved Utopias.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The best way to propagate the idea that you aren’t for deporting immigrants based upon a racist exclusive mentality is to also deport the white fake libs as well.

  • SADIE

    It’s mootsie – pootsie, but I may be dating myself. Come to think of it…dating yourself is a form of birth control. LOL
    And now for Sadie’s snow adventure:
    As you all know, I live outside of Philly and we have had more than 70 inches of snow since December (more expected this Monday/Tuesday) but I digress. Watching the Tuesday blizzard was nothing short of shock and awe.  I face Valley Forge National Park and marveled at the trees – they looked like they were wearing long white ermine coats, quite stunning. Two days later, the trees have shed their coats from the weight and sunshine and only smaller bushes are wearing little white furry shrugs.
    Today I ventured out to visit my mother, who lives about 20 miles from me. I take the local roads, which were nicely plowed back to dry black top.  I drive through several neighborhoods, some of which have lovely grand homes sitting on manicured lawns in other seasons, still other communities are row homes, typical of what you would find in  Boston or Philadelphia proper. I passed by several blocks of cars in varying states of being snowed in until??  others were cleaned off and snowed removed, taking more than several hours and a strong back. For the owners, who labored hard to clean and move their cars, possibly to get to work or a supermarket leave a clean and snow free spot, which is kept and guarded by chairs, trash cans, old furniture, anything that says ‘X’ marks the spot. It is a winter form of ‘squatters rights’ and no one, but no one, would tinker with or remove or consider parking other than the spot he/she has carved out for themselves.
    At the moment … I wish there were more ‘X’ spots, it would mean there was less snow. We are running out of places to dump it. The good news..it’s only suppose to snow 4″-8″ this Monday/Tuesday, which will be nothing more than a dusting in comparison.
     
     

  • Charles Martel

    SADIE, I think it is a regional thing, like “All the all the outs in free!” in tag. I grew up in L.A. and all my friends and the adults around us called it “moofkie poofkie.” We were forbidden to indulge in it no matter what it was called until the age of 33 or 46, but most of us jumped that gun by a decade or three.

  • SADIE

    Charles, since you grew up in L.A. I guess ‘X’ marks the spot is out of the question (post 14)

  • suek

    Heh.  I remember that as “All-e all-e in come free”!  Of course, today, I think of it as “All-e all-e income free”  and wish it were so…!
     
    And the closest I ever heard to   mootsie – pootsie or even “moofkie poofkie” was playing “footsie”.  Obviously my education was sorely neglected.
     
    For your entertainment, if things are slow.
    http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/photo/index.asp
    By all means explore the site by using the <- that they provide.  Pretty funny stuff.

  • SADIE

    Would a game of Red Light-Green Light be off your list, too. : )

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Charles, Charles, Charles!  It’s “olly, olly, oxen free.”  How could you not know that?  See, this is what happens when you let innocent children grow up in L.A.

  • suek

    Ok…so  “olly, olly, oxen free” makes sense to you???
     
    Must be that San Francisco background…!

  • Mike Devx

    Sadie #14:
    I face Valley Forge National Park and marveled at the trees – they looked like they were wearing long white ermine coats, quite stunning. Two days later, the trees have shed their coats from the weight and sunshine and only smaller bushes are wearing little white furry shrugs.

    Beautiful writing!  The whole piece was so well done.

    Today I ventured out to visit my mother, who lives about 20 miles from me. I take the local roads, which were nicely plowed back to dry black top. [...]  leave a clean and snow free spot, which is kept and guarded by chairs, trash cans, old furniture, anything that says ‘X’ marks the spot. [...] I wish there were more ‘X’ spots, it would mean there was less snow. We are running out of places to dump it. The good news..it’s only suppose to snow 4″-8″ this Monday/Tuesday, which will be nothing more than a dusting in comparison.

    2010 – The Winter of the Great Snows.  Here in Dallas we just had our record-breaker, and the dark-barked undersides of the tree branches, every one limned with a trail of two inches of pure white snow above them, and then the entire tree etched against the sky, was simply a stunning sight.  The only winter sight comparable I’ve seen was when I was at Michigan State, and an ice storm coated every tree branch in a good 1/2 inch of solid ice, and the next morning the sun was out, and the whole world seemed to be sparkling, glinting, glowing.

    Now, one season does not make nor refute a global trend.  However, this *is* the winter of ClimateGate and all the other associated revealings of scientific treason and perfidy, nefariousness and deception.   2010 – The Winter of the Great Snows – nevertheless serves as a perfect symbol that this winter was when the Global Warming religious movement collapsed.  Under its weight of lies.

  • Charles Martel

    suek, Book, tsk, tsk, tsk. In our wonderful, colorful, diverse community, we must always allow for differences in pronunciation. You say, “confiscation of my heard-won wealth at the point of a gun,” Barbara Boxer says. “infrastructure improvements financed by revenue enhancements.” You say “conservative,” Helen Losse says, “racist.”

    Can’t we all just get akunkle?

  • Tonestaple

    Book’s right, for us English speakers, it’s “olly, olly oxen free” but that is a corruption of the German:  “Alle, alle, auch sind frei” which translates as “All, all, also are free.”  Wikipedia says it comes from “All ye, all ye ‘outs’ in free,”  but the German is closer to the corrupted version, I think.  Besides, why would English-speakers corrupt English that much?

  • jj

    Hey!  We’re witnesses to history, here!
     
    The thread’s gone off in all kinds of interesting directions, but we should lend a moment’s observance to the fact that, according to the Weather Channel, this, right here today, is the FIRST TIME EVER for snow on the ground in all 50 states on the same day!
     
    That has to mean something.  I have no idea what – but something.

  • SADIE

    Thank you MikeD for your kind words. (#21)
    I wonder if we were in Michigan at the same time. It is the only place I’ve experienced a ice storm. I think it was 1978-79? Every branch and twig were encased in ice. It looked as if Mother Nature, had outlined every detail bringing the tree to a crystal life form.
     
    jj #24
    That has to mean something.  I have no idea what – but something.
    Yep, it means I better make sure I have enough coffee and half and half.
     

  • SADIE

    Open thread and Open season on the TSA.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it endorses the fatwa. “We support the Fiqh Council’s statement on full-body scanners and believe that the religious and privacy rights of passengers can be respected while maintaining safety and security,” Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR was quoted as saying.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Muslim-American-body-issues-fatwa-against-airport-body-scanners/articleshow/5564134.cms

  • suek

    Hey…he’s right.  I object to the full body scanning too.  So…I intend not to fly if at all possible.
     
    And if CAIR would get some good imam to prohibit all muslims from flying, we all could avoid the full body scans.  Plus a whole lot of other inconvenient stuff done for security.  The problem is, of course, that none of those prohibitions matter if violence is intended to be  done in the name of jihad – at that point, everything is ok according to allah.

  • SADIE

    No one is comfortable with full body scans, but I am even more uncomfortable with fatwahs.

  • suek
  • jj

    I don’t know – they’re talking like Hawaii’s a given, and Florida was the hold-out.  Snow in Florida clinched it, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
     
    http://www.nowpublic.com/environment/snow-all-50-states-record-dallas-snowfall-snow-florida-2574783.html
     
     

  • SADIE

    Things were going just swimmingly today. Restocked coffee, found a fabulous coat from Nordstom’s Rack reduced from $220.00 to $40.00 and other than the horrific traffic that surrounds the largest mall in America (retail space), I felt as though I had really accomplished all I set out to do.

    Q. Did ya ever wonder what POTUS does on the weekend?
    A. A video conference to Doha.
    snip
    Assalaamu alaykum. And on behalf of the American people-including Muslim communities across America-greetings as you gather for the 7th U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha.
    snip
    I want to thank all those whose support has made this Forum possible, especially the Amir of Qatar, the government of Qatar and the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. It is fitting that you gather again in Doha-a place where our countries come together to forge innovative partnerships in education and medicine, science and technology.

    My footnote:
    Between 1980 and 2000, Egyptians registered 77 patents in the U.S. Saudis registered 171. Israelis registered 7,652. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/opinion/12brooks.html?emc=eta1

    And to help foster innovation and job-creation, I’ll host a Summit on Entrepreneurship in April with business leaders and entrepreneurs from Muslim communities around the world.
     
    http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/02/13/president-obama-addresses-the-u-s-islamic-world-forum/
     
    Thank you coming to Doha in that spirit. Thank you for your work to advance the principles we share-justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
    Let us succeed together. And may God’s peace be upon you.
    snip/snipe/I’ve snapped!!
     
     

  • SADIE

    The Hunt for Red October. A curious read for the mystery mavens.
    In 1974, far out in the Pacific, a U.S. ship pretending to be a deep-sea mining vessel fished a sunken Soviet nuclear-armed submarine out of the ocean depths, took what it could of the wreck and made off to Hawaii with its purloined prize.

    In it, the CIA describes in chronological detail a mission of staggering expense and improbable engineering feats that culminated in August 1974 when the Hughes Glomar Explorer retrieved a portion of the submarine, K-129. The eccentric industrialist Howard Hughes lent his name to the project to give the ship cover as a commercial research vessel.

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9DRJ1AG0&show_article=1

  • suek

    Sadie…it’s also a movie.  Let’s see….Sean Connery and Alec Whatsisname.  Plus Fred Thompson.  Classic line from the movie by Fred Thompson “Son…the Russians don’t take a dump without a plan…!”.
     
    If anyone has both read the book and seen the movie, I’d enjoy a comparison.  I definitely enjoyed the movie.  I can’t imagine the book could be any better…but you never know.

  • SADIE

    I saw the movie. Was it Alec Baldwin, Guiness? They’re the only two Alecs I can summon up at the moment (smart aleck?) sorry, couldn’t resist.
     
     

  • suek

    Baldwin.  The extreme lefty one.  I’ll say this for him…he was definitely acting.  The part was about as far away from his real self as possible – at least in a political sense.

  • suek
  • Mike Devx

    Prof. Phil Jones, he of the infamous IPCC at East Anglia and ClimateGate, has just taken the first step in the AA Recovery and Redemption process: Admitting that he has a problem:
    —–

    Phil Jones, the professor behind the “Climategate” affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised.
    He said this contributed to his refusal to share raw data with critics – a decision he says he regretted.
    But Professor Jones said he had not cheated the data, or unfairly influenced the scientific process.
    He said he stood by the view that recent climate warming was most likely predominantly man-made.
    But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
    ——
    Well, actually, it’s a half-step.  He hasn’t yet acknowledged that the Middle Ages Warm Cycle was far, far warmer than we are today, and *it* is not explained by any of their theories or models.  But a half-step is better than no step at all!  He, and the rest of them, still have a ways to go…
     

  • Mike Devx

    Here’s one about the Euro and the Greece crisis.  This is a fascinating read (for me at least), because the writer is practically channelling Obama.
     
    The link:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1250433/Greece-debt-bailout-EU-leaders-split-euro-crisis.html
     
    My first of two favorite excerpts:

    ——
    markets were in high anxiety yesterday amid fears political divisions among rich eurozone members could derail any rescue.

    The euro slid almost 1 per cent to $1.357 yesterday, meaning it has lost 10 per cent of its value since November. The pound rose to 1.14 euros.

    Earlier this week Business Secretary Lord Mandelson’s claimed that the single currency had been a ‘remarkable success’ and that it remained in Britain’s interests to join.

    David Cameron ridiculed that claim yesterday.

    He told the Tories’ Scottish conference: ‘Are this Government the only people in the country who still think that would be a good idea? Our deficit and debt are bad enough without the straightjacket of the euro.
    ‘If I am elected for as long as I am prime minister the United Kingdom will never join the euro.’
     
    ——
    The tragically flawed Obama-speak is in the first paragraph: “political divisions among rich eurozone members could derail any rescue”.

    Hah!  No, the problem is that Greece is financially destitute because their social programs cannot be paid for.  And their citizenry REFUSES, absolutely refuses, to give them up.  And there’s no way to pay for them.  That is the road to economic disaster, and that is the road Obama has launched us down.  The rest of Europe isn’t in such hot shape, but Greece is just the latest, and most significant, warning bell.  We must not, we cannot, head in the same direction.

    And the second fascinating excerpt:

    ——
    ‘Even if Greece receives a one-off bailout it would not solve the real problem, which is the huge differences in competitiveness between the eurozone’s richest and poorest members.

    ‘If these differences are to be evened out, the EU would need a single budget and common taxes so it can redistribute resources.
     
    ——-
    the tragically flawed Obama-speak here: “The EU would need a single budget and common taxes so it can redistribute resources”

    Ah yes, here we are again!  We *must*, simply must, redistribute those resources!  From the rich to the poor, so that the poor can continue on the inevitable downward path toward collapse.  Endlessly receiving redistributed resources forever.  In our country think: California, Michigan.  Forever dependent, forever seizing the tax dollars of the rest of us, to prop up their failed philosophies and economies.  Never correcting.

    Greece must correct itself, and it cannot.  That is why the Euro is about to blow up in their faces.  And this is just the first such warning sign.

    And this is what Obama has planned for us.  This is his model.

  • SADIE

    A complementary piece to your link, Mike.
    http://market-ticker.denninger.net/archives/1961-Angela-Merkel-Clanks-When-She-Walks.html

    To be honest, the more I read, the more I am befuddled. If the Euro blows, it will negatively impact all markets. It really puts into question about the value of any currency. After all, it’s only paper and the paper is only as good as the resources backing it up … food, fuel and creativity in the face of adversity.
     

  • http://connectthedots2006.blogspot.com ConnectTheDots

    My grandpa always said you can’t trust anybody who doesn’t like dogs. Wise man.

  • SADIE

    In fairness in reporting or even writing, a small correction from #14
    no one, but no one, would tinker with or remove or consider parking other than the spot he/she has carved out for themselves.
    It happened, someone moved the ‘X’. She claims she was visiting her mother, which is a nice thing to do, but it just cost her $361.00 to replace two slashed tires. She will not be the recipient of a ‘pity party’ – she lives in the same neighborhood as her mom and knows better. According, to the report, so does her insurance company who doesn’t want to pay the claim.
    http://cbs3.com/topstories/Snow.Parking.Philadelphia.2.1496811.html

  • SADIE